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The Grand Tours Luckiest Man Image Credit: Maxim
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The Grand Tour's Luckiest Man

The TV star owes his success to fast cars, beautiful roads and the occasional near-death experience

Keith Gordon

First as a host of the BBC’s Top Gear, which was the world’s most watched factual program reaching hundreds of millions of global fans, and now on the immensely popular The Grand Tour, Richard Hammond lives the life most men dream of; driving the world’s greatest cars, tackling some of Earth’s most beautiful and challenging roads and regions, and getting paid millions of dollars to do it. But there’s been an unfortunate dark side to this dream existence. Cars crash, and cars going fast crash even harder, a truism that has nearly ended the show, as well as Richard Hammond’s life, on more than one occasion.

Amazon Prime Video’s The Grand Tour retains many of the automotive and comedic aspects of Top Gear, but gives Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May more freedom and control over their show, in addition to a larger budget. The result has been epic, with humorous adventures in Africa balanced by serious reviews of the top supercars and luxury vehicles of the moment.

When Hammond strapped into a jet engine-powered vehicle while …lming an episode of Top Gear, it seemed extreme, even for a show that regularly pushed boundaries. A few moments a†er leaving the start line, he lost control of the beastly machine which began tumbling through a grassy …eld, eventually coming to a stop with Hammond, by sheer luck, alive albeit badly injured; badly


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